By Jonathan Lethem (Vintage, $19)
Lethem's latest follows lifelong Communist Rose Zimmer and estranged daughter Miriam through five decades of love, family, politics and struggle.
Lawrence in Arabia
By Scott Anderson (Signal, $22)
An eye-opening fresh perspective at how the Middle East was formed, Anderson's Lawrence was on many year-end best-of lists and was a finalist for the U.S. National Book Critics Circle Award.
Dear Luke, We Need to Talk, Darth
By John Moe (Three Rivers, $18)
Moe, host of stage/radio show Wits and a McSweeney's contributor, compiles amusing imagined letters, emails, text messages and more between pop culture icons.